Author Archives: Paul H Birch

RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

The Enid complete Prog Trilogy

Seminal prog act The Enid release their new album Dust  on 1st April – This is the third in a trilogy that started with 2010’s Jouney’s End and was followed by 2012’s Invicta. Dust is the band’s 14th studio record and released on the band’s own Operation Seraphim label. It features the following tracks are as follows: ‘Born in the ...

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Black Stone Cherry New Single … In Our Dreams

10 years strong now, Southern rock ’n’ rollers Black Stone Cherry have signed to the Mascot Label Group and are due to release their brand new album Kentucky on April 1st. “There’s all this freedom because it’s just us producing it this time,” said guitarist Chris Robertson of the record. “We’re doing it like we did that first one; people still ...

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Inglorious – Unaware

Five-piece hard rock band Inglorious release a new single on February 19th through Frontiers Music. ’Unaware’ is a radio-edited version of the last track on their self-titled album, previously reviewed by RAMzine. Produced by Inglorious, written by band members Nathan James, John Mitchell and Colin Parkinson, and mixed and mastered by John Mitchell, the single dispenses with its full length ...

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The Answer – RISE 10th Anniversary

Almost 10 years to the day, on 17th June 2016 RISE –10thAnniversary Edition on TAP Music will see a fully remastered, celebratory edition of The Answer’s debut, an album that broke the 100,000 sales barrier. “This album will forever hold a special place in our hearts. As with most of the music we release, we approached the 10th anniversary of Rise from a ...

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Interview: Michael Schenker

Michael Schenker (UFO, Scorpions, MSG, Temple of Rock) on 2015’s success with Temple of Rock and more. Interviewed by Paul H Birch Part 3, filmed by Martin Tierney. The award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a nationwide UK tour with his band Temple of Rock starting at the Bilston Robin in Wolverhampton on Wednesday 20th January 2016. MICHAEL ...

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Saxon – Eagles and Dragons Vinyl Box Set Due

Saxon will release an exclusive box set containing nine vinyl albums of all their studio albums recorded between 1991 to 2009 – Eagles and Dragons is out on 18th March, from Demon Records. Eagles and Dragons features nine seminal NWOBHM albums previously only released on vinyl in some regions including Germany, Italy and the UK, and in very limited amounts. These new luxury ...

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Yes Tour UK and Europe in April!

Yes have announced an extensive UK and European tour that begins in Glasgow this April. The band will be performing 1971’s Fragile and 1980’s Drama in their entirety, the latter for the very first time, plus other seminal classics including ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ and ‘Starship Trooper’.   “Most of the songs haven’t been performed in some 30 years,” ...

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The Ultimate Guitar Experience Tour, featuring Uli Jon Roth, in North America

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth will be taking his Ultimate Guitar Experience Tour to North American stages in early 2016, kicking off on 26th February at the Culture Room in Fort. Lauderdale, Florida and concluding in 8th April in Melbourne, Florida after a thirty five date run in eighteen states and three Canadian provinces. Joining the storied former Scorpions axe ...

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Review: Anderson Ponty Band – Better Late Than Never

For most fans Jon Anderson will always be the voice of Yes, no matter how many years have now passed since he sung with them. News that wounds had been mended between his fellow co-founder and foil Chris Squire, before the bass player’s unfortunate death due to cancer, perhaps gives them some solace. For those fearing Anderson’s own health ailments ...

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Review: Inglorious – Inglorious

Looking for some retro rock with a bigger bang for your buck? Then it would be safe to say Inglorious are likely to be taking up a fair percentage of any spare cash you’ve got left hanging around this New Year. Not only is their debut album coming out in February but they’ve a heavy touring schedule ahead, opening for ...

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